Watson, I presume?
Brian Howard won our September survey of the best deadline day deals, cantering to victory with 19 votes, with surprise Wigan cast off Ben Watson finishing with 8 and the rest nowhere. The Wykehamist returns to southern climes after a picaresque spell in South Yorkshire and his triumph might just have something to with a link to this site posted on the esteemed message boards of hobnobanyone?
Neill Collins and Billy Sharp suffered the ignominy of votelessness, but my fellow blogger Lloyd for one will feel that the latter has been underestimated. Of the eight players we featured, Watson is perhaps the biggest enigma. His career has bubbled along pleasantly – initially impressive as a teenager in the Crystal Palace midfield, the carrot haired kid helped the South Londoners to promotion in 2003-4 after a meteoric post-Christmas run. A slightly unfortunate relegation the following season did nothing to hurt his reputation and he continued to turn in industrious displays until this Spring, when Steve Bruce brought him to the soon to be renamed JJB Stadium. So, it’s odd to reflect that he lasted just the ten games in the blue and white, especially after chiming in with two goals in the Lancashire side’s late season campaign. Swapping stripes for hoops, he should prove to be a very astute acquisition for Jim Magilton and QPR.